By Su-Won SHIN


Drama - Completed 2015

MADONNA aims to discuss ‘redemption’ and ‘recovery’
through stories of 2 women, who attempt to piece together
their shattered lives on their own, in a world where
human lives are destroyed and risked for the sake of fortune and ambition.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2015
Un Certain Regard
BFI London FF 2015
Gent IFF 2015
Feature Films
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • KOREA (South)
    • Languages
    • KOREAN
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Su-Won SHIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Su-Won SHIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Francis LIM
    • Synopsis
    • Waking up from a nightmare, an assistant nurse Hye-rim reports to the hospital on her first day.
      She is assigned to the VIP ward and her main task is to take care of a paralyzed old man named Chul-oh.
      Despite being new to the facility, she senses that something a bit weird about the hospital and the way
      things are run. Not only does the VIP ward has extremely tight security protocols,
      but the nurses and staff members act like they too are VIPs.
      Chul-oh is the primary investor of the hospital and he has been kept alive by a series of organ transplants in
      the past 10 years. On behalf of his father Chul-oh, Kim Sang-woo has been overseeing the hospital
      operations and lives like an emperor. He knows fully well that once his father passes away, the entire family
      fortune will be given away to charities and other social causes as per the will. It’s in his interest to keep his
      father alive as long as possible, so that he can maintain a comfortable life and enjoy the power that he wields
      and orders continuous organ transplants. But Chul-oh’s latest heart is rejected by his body and
      the only way to extend his life is to find him a new heart.
      One day, Hye-rim is assigned to a brain-dead, pregnant patient, who is supposedly Chul-oh’s relative.
      But Hye-rim finds out that the girl was brought into the ER, has no next of kin, and that she was a
      prostitute who went by the nickname ‘Madonna’. Sang-woo orders Hye-rim to find Madonna’s family and
      get them to sign an organ donation form to prevent any legal issues that may arise.
      She begins her search from where the girl was found and visits Madonna’s old school, office, factory and
      even a red light district. Hye-rim discovers that Madonna was once an ordinary office clerk, and ultimately
      tracks down her grandmother. In the process of uncover the girl’s past, Hye-rim feels sympathetic towards and
      vows to save Madonna and her baby at any cost and is forced to confront her own dark and harrowing past.